TICONDEROGA - The annual Dan Padula Memorial Golf Classic will have an added emphasis this year.
The tournament, to be played Saturday, June 12, at the Ticonderoga Country Club, raises money for the Dan Padula Memorial Fund, which awards two scholarships each year to high school athletes interested in health sciences, a nursing scholarship at North Country Community College and a nursing scholarship at Clinton Community College, Padula's alma mater.
The fund also sponsors health-related programs in the community, addressing issues such as smoking cessation, heart disease, childhood obesity and more. It has also sponsored programs for Ti school students and faculty.
This year the tournament will also feature a putting contest to assist a Putnam man injured in a farm accident.
"This year, we have added an additional event within our fund raiser," said Robert Berrick, president of the Padula fund. "We are raising money to help Jon McIntyre, a Putnam native who lost his right arm and leg at age 8 in a farm equipment accident.
"As you can imagine, the cost of prosthetics is huge, with his out of pocket expense between $8-10,000," Berrick added. "Despite his handicap, he is amazingly active and is an avid golfer, which has created a tremendous strain on his prosthetic leg and arm. A portion of our tournament proceeds will go to help defray his cost.
"He illustrates daily that with guts and grit, you can overcome all obstacles," he added. " Jon is an inspiration to us all."
The fund is named for Dan Padula, a physician assistant in Ticonderoga who passed away suddenly in July of 2001 while playing golf.
"In 2002, a group of his friends and colleagues started the Dan Padula Memorial Fund in order to carry on what we felt, if not for that fateful day in July, was Dan's legacy of giving of himself," Berrick said.
The fund does more than award scholarships, Berrick noted.
"We have donated funds to community organizations to improve handicap access and to improve equipment for youth sporting programs," he said. "We have quietly given to families that have suffered from catastrophic medical conditions to help defray those mounting costs. We do all of this through one fund raising event, the Dan Padula Memorial Golf Classic."
The tournament is a four-person scramble.
Information on the tournament is available by calling 585-6454 or Emailing Berrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Come dig some holes with us on June 12," Berrick said. "If not, please consider a tax-deductible donation to our fund and/or a $50 ball in our putting challenge. If you wish only to donate to McIntyre fund raiser, please note that on your check."